Volume 4 Number 162 Wed. November 05, 2003    
 
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Front Pagearrow 50 more factories attacked in N'ganj
Waves of violence shook Narayanganj for a second straight day yesterday, as frenzied garment workers damaged around 50 garment factories and fought pitched battles with law-enforcers leaving 50 of them
 arrow Lanka in turmoil as president suspends parliament
Sri Lanka was in political turmoil yesterday after President Chandrika Kumaratunga sacked three cabinet ministers, suspended parliament and placed troops and police on red alert after rejecting a Tamil
 arrow Starvation stalks 7m in northern districts
Severe joblessness and food crunch twinned with skyrocketing prices of essentials during the monga (famine) period have threatened the lives of about seven million people in eight northern districts.
 arrow Dengue comes back much early
Dengue is back again much before the season starts this year, indicating a new turn in the transmittable disease.
 arrow 3 slaughtered at Shyampur
Unidentified assassins slaughtered three youths near the railway line at Shyampur WASA gate early yesterday.
 arrow PM assures family of rescue efforts
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday assured the family of abducted magnate Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury of government efforts to rescue him and hoped operations would yield a positive result.
 arrow Knit exporters call for army deployment in N'ganj
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) has urged the authorities to deploy army in Narayanganj and industrial areas near the town to ensure security to garment factories.
 arrow Police enquiry finds no proof of custodial death, Sumon's family, locals reject report
A police probe committee on the killing of Shakil Ahmed Chowdhury Sumon yesterday said it found no evidence that he was killed in police custody but suggested departmental action against the then officer-in-charge
 arrow Wholesale market down, retail not
Prices of vegetables came down further on the wholesale market yesterday, but retailers stuck to the high price curve that has continued from Sunday.
 arrow 2 more US troops, 2 top judges killed in Iraq
Two more soldiers of the US-led coalition and three Iraqis were killed while gunmen shot dead two prominent Iraqi judges as Iraq plunged further into violence.
 arrow Govt pushing country to chaos: Kamal
Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the government is pushing the country towards chaos through rampant violation of the constitution.
 arrow BSF finally frees 63 fishermen
At least 63 Bangladeshi fishermen detained by Indian navy personnel 10 months ago were handed over to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) after a flag meeting between the BDR and Indian Border Security Force (BSF)
 arrow Commerce ministry for duty cut to check price
The commerce ministry recommends that taxes and duties on all imported essential commodities should be determined in accordance with people's purchasing power.
 arrow Trader abducted, killed in Kushtia
Abductors on Monday killed a local trader after abduction as his family failed to pay them ransom.
 arrow Traffic jam eases
Traffic congestion in the capital slightly eased on the eighth day yesterday of the operation of mobile courts and strike forces.

The courts filed 290 cases against vehicles and fined them Tk 1.

 arrow Child-lifter sent to life in prison
A court yesterday sentenced a woman to life imprisonment for kidnapping an infant in September 2001.
 arrow Judgement in Sgt Ahad murder Nov 19
Judgement in the sensational Sergeant Ahad murder case will be given on November 19.
 arrow Saudis 'foil terror attack' on pilgrims
Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef said yesterday his country had foiled a terror attack on pilgrims in the holy city of Makkah.

"These people are targeting the (holy Muslim) month of Ramadan.

 arrow Trader abducted in Bandarban
Tribal miscreants abducted a trader from Noapatang in Royangchhari upazila on Monday night.
 arrow Three new BB directors appointed
The government yesterday appo-inted three directors to the central bank's board of directors in a management reshuffle.
 arrow Hasina leaves for China tonight
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka tonight for China on a seven-day visit at the invitation of the Communist Party of China.
 arrow Tk 2.5 lakh medicine haul at ZIA
The customs officials at Zia International Airport (Zia) yesterday seized contraband medicine worth about Tk 2.5 lakh from the luggage of a Biman flight steward.
 arrow Russia won't send troops to Iraq
Moscow is not considering sending troops to help the US-led occupying forces in oil-rich Iraq because the conditions are not right, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published yesterday.
Businessarrow Trade expansion hinges on harmonised customs rules
Trade experts from BIMST-EC member countries yesterday underscored the need for harmonisation of customs procedure and quality standards for increasing trade and investment among the sub-regional trade
 arrow FBCCI team set to go on business expedition
A team of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) is going to start a business expedition next week to three Southeast Asian nations to boost trade and investment.
 arrow FBCCI chief finds essential prices 'almost normal'
The country's apex business-body leaders yesterday visited the capital's kitchen markets to see price situation of daily necessities.
 arrow Tea sale witnesses good demand
The weekly tea sale, held here yesterday, witnessed quite a good demand owing to increased support from the Blenders and Loose Tea Buyers.
 arrow False TIN documents detected in Ctg
Some businessmen and professionals in Chittagong are using false TIN (Taxpayer's Identification Number) certificates to take financial benefits, sources in the Department of Income Tax (DIT) said.
 arrow Concord Group to use Asian paints
Concord Group will use Asian Paints products in all its construction projects.
 arrow Rebuilt container yard opens in Ctg port
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday inaugurated the reconstructed container yard no. 9 at Chittagong Port.

The yard was reconstructed at a cost of Tk 2.78 crore.

 arrow Royal Brunei Airlines' Eid shopping package
Royal Brunei Airlines has launched Eid shopping package.

The package offers 2 nights/3 days stay in Kolkata and 3 nights/4 days in Dubai with minimum of $614 and $554.

 arrow Copper wire making firm to be set up in Dhaka EPZ
A joint venture metal company will be established in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) with an investment of 400,000 US dollars.
 arrow GP expands Insta-Care service
GrameenPhone Ltd (GP) has expanded its automated customer inquiry service, Insta-Care.

Ola Ree, managing director of GP, inaugurated the new service in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.

 arrow Indian gas giant to invest $4.3b in pipeline network
India's state-owned gas marketing giant Gail India Ltd announced on Monday that it would invest 200 billion rupees (4.
 arrow More reforms needed for EU enlargement success
Europe needs more structural economic reform if EU enlargement is to succeed, Horst Koehler, the head of the IMF said Monday, and that Europe should not be complacent about its future despite encouraging
Sportsarrow Football: Soldiers burst BU bubble
It seems money does not buy success.
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful gets his chance
Mohammad Ashraful's anxious wait ended when Test cricket's youngest centurion was selected in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)'s Development Squad to face touring England in a one-day practice match
 arrow Cricket: Disgraceful Under-19s
Bangladesh youth team as expected crashed out of the Videocon Asian Under-19s cricket tournament but not before hitting a new low in their final match against India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo fumes at fixtures
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming on Tuesday lashed out at the scheduling of the TVS Cup limited-overs series being played in India, saying it favoured the hosts.
 arrow Cricket: Wanna be 2nd time lucky
Ian Blackwell missed out during his first chance for England last season, but the hard-hitting all-rounder wants to make his second coming count.
 arrow Cricket: Taibu lifts Zimbabwe
West Indies seamer Fidel Edwards earned his three wickets the hard way as Zimbabwe reached 284 for six on the first day of the first Test on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath targets India
Australia's leading fast bowler Glenn McGrath is targeting next month's opening cricket Test against India in Brisbane as his comeback match from ankle surgery.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting praises mates
Australia captain Ricky Ponting praised his team's character after their tense penultimate ball victory over New Zealand on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud stars in practice game
The national team styled as BCB Eleven posted a comfortable 41-run win over a Chittagong Jila Krira Sangstha (CJKS) selection in a practice match at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble opts out of Kiwi tie for father's death
Veteran Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble will not be available for Thursday's TVS Cup triangular one-day series match against New Zealand due to the death of his father, a top cricket official has said.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison to be fit for Lanka
Fit-again Steve Harmison is set to receive a call-up to the England squad for the Test series in Sri Lanka starting next month.
 arrow Hockey: Div II hockey
The super league of the Green Delta Insurance Metropolis Second Division Hockey League begins at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today.

Shantinagar SC will take on Dhilkusha SC in the opener.

 arrow Rejoinder
Jahangir Shah Badsha, chairman of junior selection committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board, sent a rejoinder to The Daily Star protesting the news item carried under the title 'Much ado about Ashraful'in
 arrow Football: Looking down the barrel
Arsenal's latest European adventure will come to another premature end on Wednesday if they lose their crucial Champions League clash against Dynamo Kiev at Highbury.
 arrow Football: Holland breaches St Andrews
Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland opened his scoring account for Charlton when he grabbed both goals in a 2-1 win at Birmingham City as the Midlanders lost their nine-month unbeaten home record
 arrow Football: Typical US mentality!
Iraq's soccer coach criticized the U.S.-led coalition for ignoring his team and threatened to resign unless authorities help with preparations for the Asian championships.
 arrow Football: Turks get strict
The Turkish government is planning to introduce a series of measures, including jail terms, to punish troublemakers at football matches, a senior government minister said Monday.
Politicalarrow AL sees change of govt by next April
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday predicted a change of the government by April next year for what it called restoration of a democratic rule and blamed the ruling alliance for becomingfriendless
 arrow AL plans two-way battle against BNP's suing spree
The main opposition Awami League (AL) plans to wage legal and political battles against the defamation cases filed against its top leaders by the BNP-led ruling alliance leaders.
 arrow JCD cadres threaten JU journalist with death
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres yesterday threatened a Jahangirnagar University (JU) correspondent with death as he wrote a report on their activities.
 arrow 11 Party to observe solidarity day Nov 12
Left-leaning 11 Party will observe November 12 as solidarity day with the garment workers protesting the killing of a garment worker at Fatullah in Narayanganj.
Metropolitanarrow IUCN Asia Regional Forum in Colombo from Dec 10
The IUCN Asia Regional Forum, Asia's largest conservation forum, will be held in Colombo on December 10-13 to discuss, review and approve the Asia regions contribution to the IUCN programme.
 arrow Three Singer refrigerators looted
A gang of youths took away three refrigerators and a capacitor of a microwave oven of Singer Bangladesh Limited at North Golapbagh under Demra thana on Sunday afternoon.
Nationalarrow Rajshahi Bar threatens to boycott CMM court
The Rajshahi Bar Association on Monday gave Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Abul Hossain an ultimatum to withdraw himself from Rajshahi within 30 days or to face boycott of his court by lawyers.
 arrow Allegation of misbehaviour during joint forces' raid refuted
BDR Capt Kamal Pasha has refuted the allegation that he misbehaved with the sons and other members of the family of Asma Shamsuddin, sister-in-law of former Speaker Shaikh Razzak Ali, during a raid on
 arrow 100 hurt as villagers clash in B'baria
At least 100 people were injured as villages clashed in Sarail and Nasirnagar upazilas on Monday.

Police fired 10 shots to quell the clash in Sarail.

 arrow Diarrhoea claims 8 in Mymensingh
Diarrhoea has claimed at least eight lives in two upazilas of the district.
 arrow 2 killed, 60 hurt in Barisal, Gaibandha
Two persons were killed and 65 people injured in road mishaps in Barisal and Gaibandha on Monday.
 arrow Real Estate owner sued in Pabna
A Real Estate owner was sued on charge of forging signature of a senior assistant secretary of Home Ministry on Sunday.
 arrow Fun turns into tragedy
A children's wrestling competition turned into a clash between elders, leaving 35 people injured at Bupdah villagers in Magura Sadar upazila on Monday.
 arrow 'Release documents on Col Taher killing case'
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) has demanded publication of all documents related to Col. Taher killing case.
 arrow CU shuttle train derails
A compartment of Chittagong University (CU) shuttle train derailed near the Battali railway station in the port city Monday morning.

None was injured.

 arrow Stolen VGF rice recovered from UP Chairman's house
Police led by a magistrate recovered 60 bags (4860 kg) of VGF rice from the house of a Union Parishad chairman in the district recently.

The rice was allotted for free distribution among the poor.

 arrow Teacher recruitment exam in Bandarban postponed
The two-day viva-voce examination for recruitment of assistant teachers, scheduled to begin from Monday at Bandarban Primary School was postponed.
 arrow 15 hurt in Shahjadpur police-JCD clash
At least 15 students were injured in a clash between police and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhtra Dal (JCD), students wing of ruling BNP, at Shahjadpur on Monday.
Culturearrow Jamaluddin and Rowshan Ara strive for novelty
Recently the famous actor-director Jamaluddin Hussain turned sixty. Rowshan Ara Hussain, his wife, is better known as "Shejo Khala'' for her performance in popular T.V. serial Shokal Shondhya.
 arrow 'Revolutions' Promises an End to 'Matrix' Saga
Finally, after a six-month month intermission and $735 million of global ticket sales, fans of the Matrix movies get what they have been waiting for: The End.
 arrow SD Burman web site launched
In order to preserve the musical treasures of Sachin Dev Burman, the celebrated Comilla born composer cum singer.
 arrow A R Rahman to campaign for a noble cause
After Indian film industry's superstar Amitabh Bachchan and test cricketer Mohammed Kaif, it is now the turn of internatioanlly-acclaimed music composer A R Rahman will spearhead the campaign againsttuberculosis.
Generalarrow Dhaka Declaration launched
The Bangldaesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday formally launched the Dhaka Declaration on environment adopted in the Second International Conference on Bangladesh Environment-2002.
 arrow Two get 5-year RI
A court here on Monday sentenced two persons to five-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 5,000 each, in default, to suffer three- month more RI for mugging.
 arrow Transport workers threaten strike in N region from tomorrow
Bangladesh Sharak Paribahan Sramik Federation yesterday threatened an indefinite strike in the northern region from tomorrow if the killers of Moniruzzaman Manik are not arrested by today.
 arrow CJA concerned at attacks on press freedom
Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) has expressed deep concern at the blatant attacks on press freedom in Zimbabwe and expressed solidarity with the journalists who are bravely fighting the draconian
 arrow Tariqul visits ailing Nirmal Sen at BSMMU
Information Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday visited ailing eminent journalist Nirmal Sen at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) hospital.
 arrow Workshop on journalism
A three-day training workshop on Journalism will begin at the Chittagong Press Club auditorium on Friday.
Internationalarrow Russia rebuffs Sharon over ME roadmap
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faltered yesterday in a bid to convince top Russian officials to drop their efforts to turn the Middle East peace "roadmap" into a binding United Nations resolution.
 arrow Snapped communication links hamper rescue bid
Flash floods ripped through a popular resort town in North Sumatra late Sunday night, killing at least 92 people, including five foreign tourists.
 arrow 3,000 tribal rebels to lay down arms in Assam
At least 3,000 tribal separatists are expected to lay down arms in Assam this month following a peace accord signed between the powerful militant group - Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) and the Centre.
 arrow West urged to address root cause of terrorism
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed yesterday to pursue extremists but warned that operations against al-Qaeda and the Taliban were of short-term tactical value and that root causes of terrorism
 arrow Congress hands Bush $87.5b for Iraq
After one of the bloodiest days for US forces in Iraq, the US Senate on Monday gave final congressional approval to President Bush's request for $87.
Editorialarrow Editorial: N'ganj mayhem
Hell broke loose in Naryanganj Monday, as rampaging garment workers clashed with police. At least one worker was killed and 50 others injured in an unprecedented surge of violence.
 arrow Editorial: Primary education initiative
We are heartened to note that a massive $1.815 billion initiative to comprehensively overhaul primary education is about to be launched.
 arrow Does Bangladesh benefit from trade liberalisation?
In a recent research report released by the World Bank, Dr Sadiq Ahmed and Dr Zaidi Sattar dwelt on an issue that has long been a bone of contention in Bangladesh.
 arrow Commissions and omissions
IT was Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house.
 arrow A votary of citizens' rights
While the fundamental rights of every citizen is enshrined in the Constitution, it is very rarely that more than lip-service is given to these. Essentially these rights are called freedoms e.g.
Letters to Editorarrow Mahathir and our Ottawa reader
The DS's Canadian reader from Ottawa, Mr. Mahmood Elahi, likened Mahathir Mohamed to Hitler in his letter of 29th Oct, 03. Instead of praising a rising star in the dark sky of the Muslim world, Mr.
 arrow Likening Mahathir with Hitler is inexcusable
It was indeed bizarre to find a letter published in your esteemed daily, captioned as 'On Mahathir and Hitler.' The letter was written by a reader from Canada on 29 October 03.
 arrow Iraq and US: the third option
The fall of Baghdad at the hands of US military has added a new dimension to world politics.
 arrow Jews and Muslims have much to share
Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Malaysian Prime Minister, recently delivered some harsh words about the Jews in the OIC conference in the Malaysian city of Putrajaya.
 arrow Politics of naming infrastructure is scandalous
Mr. Wahid Shafi's letter (DS Oct.29) on the name of the national stadium is drawing public attention.
 arrow Is Bush an egoist?
Like all human beings, leaders too have their egos.
 arrow Bush kills three birds with one shot
After the recent waves of attacks in Iraq, US is spreading more lies; saying the attackers are from Syria and Iran.
 arrow Mayor must mend the roads
The condition of the roads in Dhaka is tragic. There is not even a single road to allow smooth driving. Most of the roads are broken, damaged, misused, and full of unauthorised constructions.
 arrow FTA's pros and cons
Bangladesh is going to sign FTA with India very shortly. Well, if Bangladesh can sign this deal with India pragmatically, its economy will be boosted. But Bangladesh has a huge trade imbalance with India.
 arrow Mahathir's legacy
Hats off to Dr. Mahathir, who ruled Malaysia for 22 long years as the prime minister. But for his bold and courageous leadership, Malaysia would not be what it is today.
 arrow A laudable editorial
I was relieved to read your comments in the editorial on the burning car incident on Wednesday, 29th October. The piece deserves strong recommendation and praise.
StarTecharrow Play money game inside out
NET freaks now have another way to pass their time on the net but in a more productive way by playing a game, which will help them understand how a stock exchange operates.

DhakaStockExchangeGame.

 arrow B2B does not get easier than this!
MOST business-to-business (B2B) technologies focus on automating the physical aspects of a company's business needs.
 arrow Sun fires trio of solar flares into space
HERE comes the sun. Again and again and again. Just days after two monster solar hurricanes sped toward Earth, the sun lobbed a trio of solar flares into interplanetary space on Monday.
 arrow Nanomotors realise visionary's dream
ONE of the ambitions of nanotechnology, building motors on a molecular scale, has been realised by scientists in America.
Star Chittagongarrow Peace in CHT a far cry
The increased incidents of violence have cast a shadow over return of normalcy in the Chittagong Hill Tracts even over five years after the signing of peace agreement.
 arrow Tigers confront Lions in Chittagong
Tigers and lions have been in Chittagong for a five-day war of cricket.

By 10.

 arrow Attention Mr Mayor


Star Cityarrow Adulterated food, toxic colours
Iftar delicacies are no longer health-friendly, as adulterated food has flooded city markets because of legal laxity.

"We try all out to check the sale of adulterated items.

 arrow Eid shoppers warming up
Ramadan may be the month of showing restraint and self-control, but it also fills the air with the buzz of the fast approaching Eid-ul-Fitr.
 arrow Dilly-dallying may delay primary textbooks
Thousands of primary students in the city may not get textbooks by January next year, as the authorities did not wake up in time to printing and distribution of the books.
 arrow A crater of neglect


 arrow Illegal rickshaws streaming in
Illegal rickshaws have started flooding the city streets ahead of Eid, worsening the traffic congestion.
 arrow Steps to clip mushrooming coaching centres
With admissions for schools and universities round the corner, thousands of students are rushing to coaching centres to prepare themselves to appear for these tests.
 arrow Pilferage adds fuel to DCC fuel cost
The fuel expenditure of the transport pool of the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) have gone up to over Tk one crore in the last decade due to suspected pilferage, increase in price and other irregularities.
 arrow Dengue strikes again while DCC drowses
Dengue has struck again in the absence of any long-term, concrete plan by Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) over the last two years to contain the spread of Aedes mosquitoes.
 
   
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